Duane Morris LLP at a Glance

The Buzz

  • “Best in Philly”
  • “Friendly”
  • “Grinders”

About Duane Morris LLP

From its hub in Philadelphia to offices in Northern California to outposts in Singapore and Vietnam and back around to London, Duane Morris may be taking a Ferdinand Magellan approach to legal industry domination. The firm's specialties include litigation, corporate law, intellectual property, business reorganization and financial restructuring, employment and immigration, energy, health law, real estate and wealth planning.

Go West, More West, and Then a Little Farther West

Founded in 1904 by Russell Duane, a descendant of revolutionary polymath Benjamin Franklin, Duane Morris has exponentially grown in staff and locations from its early twentieth century beginnings. Under the leadership of Sheldon Bonovitz, who took the helm in 1998 when the firm held a legal team numbering around 200, Duane Morris more than tripled its attorneys on staff.

And in recent years, the firm has continued to strategically grow, especially by picking up lawyers from firms that haven't fared so well. In 2008, Duane Morris hired a team of construction lawyers from Thelen; the next year, it brought a group of attorneys on board from Wolf Block. Most recently, in 2012, Duane Morris hired 16 attorneys from Dewey & LeBoeuf, expanding its insurance, energy and technology practices in the process. And most recently, in 2013, the firm opened offices in Silicon Valley-where its attorneys will focus on patent litigation and patent prosecution, trademarks and copyrights, venture capital, private equity and related commercial litigation-and Muscat, Oman.

A Specimen of Study

Noting that Duane Morris tripled in size in just 12 years, Harvard Business Professor Boris Groysberg commissioned a study of the firm for his business students called "Duane Morris: Balancing Growth and Culture at a Law Firm." Groysberg found that, despite its rapid expansion, Duane Morris had maintained its "Quaker values" along with an "unusually narrow" spread between the highest and lowest partner compensations, according to the ABA Journal. The study also noted Duane Morris' practice of emphasizing lateral hires in its recruitment practices.

In 2013, Harvard Business School published its second case study of the firm, entitled "Collaborating for Growth: Duane Morris in a Turbulent Legal Sector." The case study examines the firm's success in maintaining its collaborative culture despite economic pressures impacting the global legal industry, as well as the firm's continuing expansion into new markets.


April 2015

Family Friendly

Duane Morris was named one of the Yale Law Women's 2015 Top Ten Family Friendly Firms. The survey of Vault 100 law firms identifies those with the most family-friendly policies on billable hour requirements, part-time and flexible schedules, parental leave and childcare availability. Duane Morris is consistently ranked by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers as one of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women and is included on The American Lawyer's Women Partner Watch Honor Roll as one of only 20 firms among the AmLaw 200 whose new partner classes were at least 30-percent women each of the past three years.

September 2014

Sun, Shades and Duane Morris

In The American Lawyer's 2014 Summer Associates Survey, Duane Morris tied for first place in Philadelphia and was ranked 16th in the nation, up 10 places from 2013. Duane Morris' summer associates rated Duane Morris' program with perfect scores in four key areas: offering real work; full time associate and summer associate interactions; inclination to accept a full-time job if one were offered; and overall as a place to work.

August 2014

And On to China

Duane Morris opened its Shanghai office with an emphasis on facilitating outbound investment for Chinese corporations, as well on supporting inbound investment opportunities for its clients elsewhere. The Shanghai launch follows recent expansion in Myanmar, bolstering their existing Asian locations in Singapore and Vietnam. The firm also established a Middle East office in Oman, as well as an alliance in Sri Lanka.

February 2014

In the Spirit of International Competition

Duane Morris leveraged international relationships and experience to help its client Dentsu ensure nearly 1 billion viewers across 22 Asian nations could watch the 2014 Sochi and 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Lawyers at Duane Morris had worked on a similar deal negotiating media rights for the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup.

November 2013

Today's Lesson is … Duane Morris

Harvard Business School published its second case study of the firm, entitled "Collaborating for Growth: Duane Morris in a Turbulent Legal Sector." The case study is part of the curriculum at Harvard and Columbia and is available to other business and law schools for case study teaching.

July 2013

Crack Open a Cold One-Or 4.6 billion of Them

Duane Morris' representation of Heineken in its $4.6 billion takeover of Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd. has been named the Global M&A Deal of the Year for Southeast Asia, in the 2013 American Lawyer Global Legal Awards as well as the Southeast Asia M&A Deal of the Year and the Singapore M&A Deal of the Year by Asian Law and Business.

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Duane Morris LLP

30 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
Phone: (215) 979-1000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: John J. Soroko
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 810

  • Employment Contact
    Ms. Jennifer G. Davis (Law Students)
    Manager of Legal Personnel
    Phone: (215) 979-1451
    Email: JGDavis@duanemorris.com
    Ms. Peggy Simoncini Pasquay (Laterals)
    Manager of Legal Recruitment & Relations
    Phone: (215) 979-1000
    Email: Simoncini@duanemorris.com  

  • Base Salary
    New York, NY/Philadelphia, PA and Baltimore, MD offices:
    1st year: $145,000
    Summer associate: $2,788/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    12 out of 12 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Business Reorganization and Financial Restructuring
    Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration
    Energy, Environment and Resources
    Health Law
    Intellectual Property
    Real Estate
    Wealth Planning

Major Office Locations

  • Philadelphia, PA (HQ)
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Boca Raton, FL
  • Boston, MA
  • Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Chicago, IL
  • Houston, TX
  • Lake Tahoe, NV
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • New York, NY
  • Newark, NJ
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Silicon Valley, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Wilmington, DE
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • London
  • Myanmar
  • Oman
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
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